This year the Wenatchee School District Migrant Summer School program grant increased from four to five weeks and enrollment increased from 120 to nearly 200 students. Our staff created a successful and replicable K-5 migrant summer program with the theme “I Love Wenatchee.” This program is funded by a migrant education grant and is based on experiential learning and high levels of engagement. With high levels of mobility and gaps in learning, migrant students do not have the same opportunities to connect to their communities, their peers, and their learning.
During the five weeks, students learned about the history, geography, economy, and wildlife of the Wenatchee Valley. Once a week, students had field experiences to the Cashmere Valley Museum, Ohme Gardens, Rotary Park and Loop Trail that included science activities related to a week’s topic provided by Century 21 program staff and guest lecturers from the community organizations. The “I Love Wenatchee” high-quality unit materials were created by Wenatchee School District GLAD trainers Terri Goveia and Kathy Anderson that included narrative input charts, pictorials, big books, chants, learning logs and journals. This allowed teachers and educational assistants to enrich our students with scaffolded and differentiated lessons related to our wonderful Valley in an effort to inspire our kids to be future stewards to this place we call home.